Thanks.I'm looking forward to seeing your family tree.
I went back through my McDonald records to find the ones I know came from Ireland per the Scottish civil records.The only mention of Monaghan came from the birth record of John J. McDonald, the immigrant to the U.S.But, it's probably a good bet that the others came from there too.
Here's what I have:
John J. McDonald b. 1867 Shotts Iron Works, Lanarkshire
Parents: 1.Patrick McDonald b. 1830-1840 Ireland d. 1897 Shotts Iron Works m. 22 May 1854 Monaghan 2.Bridget McCann b. abt 1830 Ireland d. 1867 Shotts Iron Works
Great-grandparents: 1. Patrick Connelly, blacksmith 2. Ellen Gunn
also Catherine Tenney b. abt. 1810 Ireland, grand-aunt of John J. McDonald and her daughter Jane, b. 1847 Ireland An informal family tree lists a sister of John J. McDonald as Jane, but I have not found anything on that in the records.More likely a cousin.
Also Mary Connolly, aunt of John J. McDonald and sister to Patrick McDonald's mother Jane Connolly.
Siblings of John J. McDonald, all born in Ireland:
1.Mary m. to Robert Clifford in Shotts Iron Works 1875 Scotland and immigrated to PA in 1883.(had 21 children!) 2.Patrick married & stayed in Scotland 3.Thomas married Mary Marlin in Stane, Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire 6 Oct 1881 and died the next year in a railroad accident.His descendants stayed in Scotland.
I don't know if these names will help establish a connection after almost 150 years, but you never know.